Archive for November 4, 2010

Finding Our Voices Saturday Nov. 6th @ 4pm

HALF KENNETH
(2009) Dir. Ken Ochiai
1942: World War II has reached American soil. Kenneth Handa, an adolescent Japanese-American, has been imprisoned in the Manzanar War Relocation Camp for three years. After his father’s passing, Kenneth hatches a plan to escape and find his Caucasian mother who lives just a few hours away. Things become complicated, however, when Kenneth’s little brother, Jo, joins him at the last minute.
22 min.

THREE TIMES ME
(2009) Dir. Wendy J.N. Lee
A young Asian-American girl hides under the table at a dinner party, imagining the woman she might grow up to be based on three pairs of shoes that have caught her attention. Her imagination transports her forward to life as a ruthless businesswoman, a love-lorn romantic, and an angry artist with an animalistic roar.
4 min.

LYRICAL EMPIRE: HIP HOP IN METRO MANILA
(2010) Dir.: Mark Villegas
Take a glimpse into the lives of hip hop artists from Metro Manila, in a country where hip hop culture is under constant scrutiny from a skeptical public. What will it take for these artists to prove their skills? Will hip hop become big in the Philippines or will it be forever discarded as ‘jologs,’ underclass, and uncultured? These hardworking hip hop heads show you the passion and style they bring to the game where lyrical boundaries blur and innovation is prized.
20 min.

GRANDMA
(2010) Dir. William Kwok
For many Asian American families, grandparents play a crucial role in the upbringing of their grandchildren. In GRANDMA, the filmmaker, a Chinese American, asks his grandmother, who helped raise him and his brother, to reflect upon his brother’s autism.
5 min.

WIND IN A BOX
(2010) Dir. Tani Ikeda
WIND IN A BOX is an experimental documentary about a young transgender Filipino American named Raf and his spiritual journey as a shaman. Raf is determined to become the next Babaylan shaman in the family, but must heal his spirit without separating his queer identity from his Filipino tradition.
5 min.

November 4, 2010 at 11:43 pm 1 comment

Raspberry Magic Friday Nov. 5th @ 7PM

RASPBERRY MAGIC (2009) Dir. Leena Pendharkar
7pm
Location: Benson Auditorium

11-year-old Monica Shah (Lily Javaherpour) believes raspberries are
“the perfect balance of sweet and sour, the good and the bad.” Her
father has just lost his job and left his family, her mother has
fallen into depression, and now her little sister refuses to go to
school. It’s up to Monica to bring them all back together, all while
trying to win the science fair by proving human touch makes raspberry
plants grow faster. RASPBERRY MAGIC offers an inspiring tale of love’s
power to reunite and the value of following your dreams.

Though the family at the center of RASPBERRY MAGIC is Indian,
questions of race and ethnicity are not front and center of this
kid-safe film. Beyond physical appearance and fusion cooking, the Shah
family is the same as many a family down on its luck. Their economic
struggles are met with less than responsible reactions on the part of
the adults, but in their failings, Monica’s heartwarming maturity is
given a chance to shine. It is gratifying to find a young girl in the
role of the dorky but lovable science nerd. Full of brains and
perseverance, Monica is a protagonist we can really root for as she
navigates stumbling family members, mountains of dirty dishes, science
fair sabotage, robots, and the magic of raspberries.

(88 min.)
In Person (via Skype): Leena Pendharkar and Megha Kadakia, Producer

November 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm Leave a comment

LOVE AND JUSTICE: Fri. Nov 5th 4PM @ Broad Performance Space

LOVE & JUSTICE

Friday, Nov. 5th 4PM @ Broad Performance Space

GEORGE AND BRAD IN BED (2010) Dir. Jessica Sanders

A short documentary that profiles the 21-year relationship between actor George Takei (Hikaru Sulu from Star Trek) and his partner Brad Altman, who recently got married. Paying homage to John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s “bed-in”, this short features the couple in bed being interviewed.

6 min.

RED DUST (2010) Dir. Karin Mak

RED DUST tells an unexamined side of China’s economic development: the resistance, courage, and hope of workers battling occupational disease, demanding justice from the local government and global capital. Chinese migrant workers are deemed disposable by factory owners and are stereotypically viewed as quiet and passive victims. However, Ren and other GP workers (Min, Fu, and Wu) fight back. Labor issues are very sensitive in China, and workers who publicly discuss their struggles do so at great risk. The audience discovers along with the filmmaker, a Chinese American, the horrors of the global assembly line.

This documentary is about women who are the engine of the global economy. Although the film takes place in China, the characters’ experiences are universal to workers on the margins around the world, where poverty, migration, and workplace hazards are common realities.

20 min.

LT. WATADA (2010) Dir. Fredia Lee Mock

From Academy Award Winning Director & 5-time Oscar nominee Freida Lee Mock (MAYA LIN: A STRONG CLEAR VISION, 1995) comes the story of Lt. Ehren Watada. The film is an in-depth look at Lt. Watada, who was court marshaled for refusing deployment to Iraq on the grounds that the current war is both immoral and illegal.

The film charts his emergence as a public speaker and activist who has become a hero of the anti-war movement and a target for pro-war protestors. This thoughtful and incisive documentary is both an inspirational portrait of one man’s act of conscience and a powerful investigation into questions that threaten to unravel the government’s justification of the Iraq war.

40 min.

For more information on the films, go to:

http://jessicasandersfilm.com/georgeandbrad.html

http://www.reddustdocumentary.org/

-Posted by Sophie Wang & Jonathan Soon

November 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm 1 comment


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